Ghanaians have expressed elation following the verdict by FIFA. On Friday December 3, 2021, Federation of International Football Association, FIFA dismissed South Africa’s protest against Ghana. According to FIFA, the protest did not meet requirements under Art. 46 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and Art. 14 of the Regulations of the Preliminary Competition of the FIFA World Cup 2022. This paves way for Ghana to fully concentrate on the next year’s World Cup play-offs.
“Oh Fifa pls come again. We are not done with South Africa yet. We want to give them 4:0.”
“I always knew it would end like this. Baseless accusations. We move.”
“Even Danny Jordan the SAFA president will throw away this protest. They should learn football well.”
South African Football Association earlier confirmed the verdict on their social media page.
“Breaking: The South African Football Association (SAFA) and Bafana Bafana’s appeal to have the match against Ghana replayed has been dismissed by the Federation de Football Association (FIFA) Disciplinary Committee on Friday afternoon.”
Aftermath of a World Cup qualifier between Black Stars of Ghana and Bafana Bafana of South Africa on November 14, 2021, in Cape Coast, South African Football Association came out with various forms of wild allegations about the game.
South African football officials accused center referee Maguette Ndiaye from Senegal to have made many calls for Ghana. Those calls according to them propelled Ghana to victory. South Africans also expressed dissatisfaction over the penalty awarded to Black Stars of Ghana. Black Stars defender Daniel Amartey was awarded a penalty after Rushine De Reuck pulled his jersey in the box, and Dede Ayew expertly converted. That goal separated the two sides.
Following an official protest to FIFA by South African Football Association, the former on November 17 directed Ghana Football Association to provide comments and documents about the protest by November 20. “In view of the foregoing, the Ghana Football Association has the opportunity to provide the secretariat of FIFA Disciplinary Committee with any comments it deems appropriate on the aforementioned protest, if any, by 20 November 2021 at the latest, along with any document deemed necessary.”
FIFA further noted that the matter will be referred to a member of the Disciplinary Committee on November 23 for consideration and judgement.
Ghana Football Association met the deadline as they responded to the protest, arguing that the case thrown out with hefty amount slapped on the South Africans.
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